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Sad-Sung

sadsung1 When we last left Samsung, the company saw sales falling 9 percent and revenue falling by 24 percent. Now a survey by Counterpoint shows that consumers are more interested in picking up last season’s iPhone 5s than the new S5. Read More

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John Biggs

July 17th

Apple

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MIT Students Create An Ice Cream Printer

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 8.28.42 PM You scream, I scream, we all transform an off-the-shelf Cuisinart soft-serve maker to extrude super-cooled and 3D-printed shells of ice cream! Three students at MIT, Kyle Hounsell, Kristine Bunker, and David Donghyun Kim, have created a homemade ice cream printer that extrudes soft serve and immediately freezes it so that it can be layered on a cooled plate. The system is a proof-of-concept… Read More

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John Biggs

July 16th

Gadgets

Onni Is A Smart Baby Monitor Made By A Real Mommy And Daddy Team

parents with monitor Satu Niemelä and Erasmus van Niekerk, the husband and wife team behind the Onni baby monitor, knew what they wanted out of a baby monitor. Instead of a cheap black and white camera they wanted full color HD video and instead of looking like a CCTV camera from the Land of Misfit Toys they wanted the design to be pleasing and the software to be usable and easy to manage. Read More

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John Biggs

July 16th

Gadgets

It’s Hardware Alley Time!

1405400358_4929 It’s Hardware Alleyin’ time and we want to see you in San Francisco for Disrupt SF 2014, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great funders and VCs, and I’d love to meet you. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. What is Hardware Alley? It’s a celebration of hardware… Read More

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John Biggs

July 15th

Gadgets

Researchers Create A Flying Drone That Can Light Your Snapshots

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 4.38.21 PM Is there anything flying quadcopters can’t do (besides give birth to human babies… yet?) Researchers at MIT and Cornell have created a flying flash rig that connects a light meter, photographic flash, and continuous light source so that photographers can get perfect shots from any angle. Read More

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John Biggs

July 14th

Gadgets

Kids Can Now Teach Robots To Play Angry Birds – For Science!

screen_shot_2014-07-10_at_9.43.09_am In what must be the cutest example of human-robot interaction I’ve seen in recent months, researchers at Georgia Tech are helping kids teach robots how to play Angry Birds and, in the process, help the kids regain muscle movement and control. The process is fairly simple. Kids play games and a little two-legged robot watches. The robot keeps an eye the score, recreates what the child… Read More

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John Biggs

July 11th

Gadgets

The Orange Maker Spins The Plate To Make Better 3D Prints

Orange-Maker-Press-Release-Image-1 We’ve just passed the stage where 3D printers themselves were exotic devices of magic and wonder and individual types of 3D printers are now exotic devices of magic and wonder. To wit: Orange Maker. This stereolithographic (SLA) printer is fairly standard – a UV light shoots through a special liquid which hardens into an object. However, thanks to a spinning print base, the printer… Read More

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John Biggs

July 11th

Gadgets

This Humanoid Robot Uses Walking Sticks To Climb Over Rubble

supraped2-1404879844196 Oussama Khatib Shu-Yun Chung have brought us the SupraPed. Khatib and Chung, researchers at Stanford, are working on a system to allow bipedal robots extra stability by giving them a pair of walking sticks. Unlike us weak humans, however, the robots will bend and twist in all sorts of ways to get across chasms or over large obstacles. To deploy humanoid robots in cluttered and unstructured… Read More

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John Biggs

July 10th

Gadgets

Samsung’s Race To The Bottom

samsung-race It’s happened before and it’s happened again – a popular commodity appears and is remade in so many permutations and from so many manufacturers that the differentiation ultimately focuses on price. When this happens, the small players sneak in with cheap hardware, the big players stumble and try to buoy sales with higher-end models (an example of this is the Dell Adamo as… Read More

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John Biggs

July 9th

Apple

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Mobile

Clime Sensors Are Tiny Tags That Tell You When Things Are Heating Up

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 11.16.09 AM Why do you need a tiny climate sensor? Who knows, but Clime is making them. These tiny sensors – shaped like little candies – can transmit the current temperature wirelessly to phones and other devices and will soon able to offer far more interesting data with the help of a tiny chip-based sensor array. Read More

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John Biggs

July 9th

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